apexart Recap | Installation

April 13, 2010 · Print This Article

Last week Duncan, Richard and I traveled to New York City to install Bad at Sport’s first NYC exhibition entitled  Don’t Piss on Me and Tell Me it’s Raining at apexart. Although stressful at times, as any exhibition can be, I can safely say that we were all excited to work with the lovely team at Apex and exhibit work from 180+ artists that have been on the show. This week I will be posting mostly photo recaps of our experience putting together the show and some photographs of work I saw when traveling around New York city. Our first group of photographs encompass the beginning install.

When we were first asked by apexart if we would like to have an exhibition in their space one of the first concerns was, “how do you take a web project and create an exhibition?” Many of us have thought of Bad at Sports as an archive of what is currently happening in our communities. With that in mind we decided to ask participants of the show to send in a piece that would create a physical archive. Receiving the work was not an issue but properly cataloging it became a task of its own. The first couple of days we archived, well, the archive with photographs and a numbering system. Once that was finished we began arranging the works in clusters.

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Unpacking all of the work

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Duncan and Tom documenting some work

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We devised a system of grouping "like" objects together

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One of my personal favorites of the show was this Chris Walla piece

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Duncan hanging some work

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Me, attempting my first video edits

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Apexart's resident installer Julian

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My lovely girlfriend, Gracen, came for the week and helped archive all the work

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Richard Holland

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Photos from the opening, Jeffrey Deitch and Carlo McCormick, a behind the scenes tour of the American Natural History Museum, and my thoughts on Marina Abramović’s show The Artist is Present will be posted later in the week.

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